Chicago Bans Crib Bumper Pads Photo: Jim Bastardo / The Bump
Think you should use crib bumpers? Think again. Chicago has banned the sale of crib bumper pads, becoming the first city in the US to do so. The Chicago City Council approved the ban on September 8, and it takes effect in seven months. The decision came in response to investigations made by the Chicago Tribune. According to the Tribune, federal regulators never warned parents of the suffocation dangers of crib bumper pads, even after receiving numerous reports throughout the years of babies suffocating because of the crib accessory. The manufacturers of bumper pads insist that the products are safe and that not using them may prompt some parents to put pillows and blankets in cribs, which pose a greater risk to baby. Others say it should ultimately be the parents’ choice on whether to use the bumpers. And other states may follow suit -- Maryland is considering a similar ban.
What do you think of the ban? Do you use crib bumper pads?
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